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Friday, October 9, 2009

Red threat for youths

Ranchi, Oct. 8: Maoists have threatened village youths of dire consequences if they join the Indian Army. 

Posters warning youths of dire consequences were noticed on the walls of several houses in some villages under Rania police station, Khunti, first on Tuesday night, but no one dared to remove them. These villages are located about 55km from Ranchi. 

The posters remained pasted on the walls of mud houses and even the government-run primary school buildings till Wednesday afternoon. 

Some of the posters were noticed in Sode, Konvirkel, Bagia, Hau and Nersing villages, which are 15km from Rania police station. These places are Maoist dens and even the police visit these villages only with sufficient backup and anti-landmine vehicles. 

The threats came in the wake of an army screening which is on in Dhanbad. 

More than 22,000 candidates had recently turned up to participate in the recruitment rally. 

Khunti superintendent of police Asim Vikrant Minz and officer-in-charge of Rania police station Chandrabhan Ram, however, had no information about the posters till late in the evening. 

“I have just returned from the jungles after meeting officers deputed for operation against extremists. I have not received any information as my phone was out of range,” Minz said. 

The situation is alarming as around 1,000 youths are selected every year from the state for various armed forces, including the military and paramilitary. 

Army recruitment officer in the state Colonel Umesh Sharma said he had heard such a thing for the first time and expressed his desire to see copies of such posters for further action.

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